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daThe Star reports that an underwhelming showing at the 2019 elections, including allegations of a “squandered” R400-million campaign chest, are pointing to job losses for Democratic Alliance (DA) staff as funders ditch “a sinking ship”.  

These new revelations came after reports last week that the party was unable to pay its staff bonuses this year because of cash-flow problems.  A letter dated 3 September 2019 from DA chief executive Paul Boughey informed staff members that the party would look into cutting jobs to meet its 2021 local government “elections objectives”, including the organisation’s “financial obligations”.  “This is an unfortunate situation, and we acknowledge that this is a difficult time.  However, it is as a result of looking at several alternatives to streamlining our operations over the last while that we have reached a decision to embark on a restructuring process,” Boughey wrote.  Sources close to the DA have revealed that party funders “had started ditching the sinking ship” because of its almost 1.5% drop in support at the May general elections from 2014.  This supposedly necessitated the cutting of jobs.  It was also claimed that the DA, which apparently had a R400m war chest to fight the election, “squandered” the money through alleged corruption, including one Gauteng field support officer who apparently twice robbed R60,000 of party funds in separate incidents.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Khaya Koko at The Star


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